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A Denver Roofer Explains Everything You Need to Know About Architectural Shingles

June 14, 2017

If your home is in need of a new roof, one of the first things you will need to decide is what type of roofing material you want. Shingles are the most popular roofing material for homes, but there are a few different kinds of shingles that you will need to choose from. One type is known as architectural or dimensional shingles. Here’s everything that a Denver roofer from Big Creek Roofing believes you should know about architectural shingles:

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Architectural shingles are traditionally composed of a fiberglass mat and granules that have been coated in ceramic. The granules are typically colored to make the shingles look similar to slate, cedar shake, or terracotta. These shingles are considered to be more high-end than traditional asphalt shingles in part because of their dramatic appearance. Should I buy architectural shingles?

The Appearance of Architectural vs. Traditional Shingles

If you look at a side-by-side comparison of the two, it is very easy to spot the difference between architectural and traditional shingles. Standard three-tab shingles all come in the same shape and size, so when laid on your roof, these shingles look flat and uniform. However, architectural shingles come in various shapes and sizes that give them a more dimensional look when placed on your roof.  

How Much Do Architectural Shingles Cost?

In general, architectural shingles are more expensive than three-tab standard shingles because they provide more protection and are more durable. These shingles are also much heavier than three-tab shingles. In fact it’s estimated that architectural shingles weigh up to 100 pounds more than traditional shingles per 100 square feet of roof. Prices will vary depending on your location and the size of your home. To get a quote on how much architectural shingles will cost for your home, get in touch with Big Creek Roofing today.

How Long Do Architectural Shingles Last?

Traditional shingles have a lifespan of about 15-20 years, but architectural shingles tend to last a bit longer. Most architectural shingles have a lifespan of up to 30 years, however there are some that can last as long as 40 years. Be sure to consult with your roofer about the lifespan of the shingles that you have chosen for your home.

Are They Hard to Install?

Homeowners often stick to traditional asphalt shingles because it’s easy to find a roofer who knows how to install these. Luckily, roofers can install architectural shingles in the same way that they install traditional shingles. Any roofer that can handle traditional shingles will not have a problem installing architectural shingles on your roof.
Are you ready to install architectural shingles on your roof? Big Creek Roofing is the premier Denver roofing company, with a staff that specializes in every aspect of roof maintenance, repair, and replacement for commercial and residential properties. When you hire our team to tackle your roofing project, you can expect on-time and high quality service at a reasonable price. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs!